His self-excusing, intentional distortion talking points weren't even original. In fact, we've dealt with them here...weeks ago. He's what he said:
“I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”But the funny thing is, Mr. President, a lot of those people passed a law back in 1994...the National Oil And Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan Act...that MANDATED--(h/t Climate Audit)
- a plan for dealing with various scenarios around oil and hazardous substances
- testing that plan to assure it worked
- effective response to a large oil spill was a national priority that could overwhelm regional resources
- the EPA and the Coast Guard are in charge of the plan and its testing and implementation
That National Response Team, you hear of them all the time, right? Hmmm.... Me neither. It's like they just lost track of the whole idea they were supposed to have a National Response Team, and a plan, and technology in place, and drills testing the plan, and stuff. What's that old saying about trying to do too much...? And isn't there one about a government governs best when it governs least?
“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much,” Obama said. “Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”